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Age: 45


Number of Cruises: 8

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean

Ship: Legend of the Seas

Sailing Date: 2008-05-19

Itinerary: Mediterranean

My husband and I are adventurers and we were in our element on this cruise. We have travelled regularly on Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC, and of couse Royal Caribbean which is my favorite. We adore luxury and quality and we found it on this trip! We recommend this itinerary to everyone! We began our trip in Rome before the cruise. Then we departed for Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Naples, Egypt! The only thing anyone needs to know is that we would so love to go on this cruise again. This itinerary was absolutely superb.

The dining room food was good provided you were selective and followed the guidance of the waiters as we did. However, the best food - ever - was the buffet! The broad range of international selections was unprecedented! There was an ample choice of Indian, British, Asian, American regional, Mediterranean, North African and Caribbean selections. Delicous! We were provided a generous array of fresh vegetables, salads, condiments and fruit - perfect! The international service personnel were gracious and helpful. Water is my primary and favorite beverage. The stateroom staff graciously provided us with pitchers of water every day.

Our balcony state room was fabulous. We were impressed by the architectural design innovations that allowed considerably more storage than we needed. I should add that my husband overpacked and loves closet space. El Exigente was pleased! The bed was perfect for light sleepers like me and the decor was just right! Comfortable and colorful. Again, the Attendants were excellent in every way. We started the day with coffee from room service and completed breakfast at the buffet where omlets and breakfast choices hit the spot.

Cool! There was a musical group on he pool deck and another in the music bar who were breath-taking. One handled eclectic mix of contemporary Caribbean sounds and the other Latin-Jazz popular music. I hope to hear them each on future cruises. Everyone enjoyed these musicians! I get refreshed by exploring and experimenting: the deal makers were the rock-climbing wall and miniature golf. Of course I used the gym to work off extra calories consumed at the buffets. I also appreciated having church services available aboard.

The excursions were excellent, and definitely worth the money. The guides were brilliant and well-prepared. They took care of everything we needed and it was outstanding to have physically challenged passengers join the excursions with us. My advice is only that if you are not well-travelled, expect to discover that, in general, major cities throughout the world are big and "dirty." And we should know that the "dirt" is a consequence of geo-political decisions that inflct damage to our ecology. I have seen this problem in Hong Kong, New York, Rome, Egypt, Mexico, Tokyo, and this trip in particular highlights the importance of our unified responsibilities. Cyprus was great for catching a cab and seeing the city. Caveat! Two couples at our table took a commuter train in Naples and got their pockets picked. So don't kid yourself, be city smart!

This was a cruise of a lifetime! We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit these ports. We met wonderful people and learned a lot about our Country, our World, and ourselves, in the process. And I should add, this was our second cruise on the Legend of the Sea, the first was Christmas through New Years, and she is gorgeous!

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